re: Poker & What counts as a fold - Live gameplay
Originally Posted by RAMARAIDER
Vegas style rules say they have to hit the muck to be dead. The line on the table is only a courtesy line for the dealer , so they can reach the chips and cards. It displays the average reach lenght for the dealer.
^ this. In almost all cases the line isn't actually binding.
The hand is folded if you verbally announce fold, or if you push/toss/move your cards towards the dealer and release them. If you haven't done either of those things (ie: they're still in your hand, or they're still capped and on the felt, and you haven't said "fold") then they're still live.
The TDA doesn't seem to have a rule for what does and doesn't constitute a fold. Rule 28 speaks to the dealer's ability to kill an unprotected hand though:
Rule 28 - Unprotected hands
If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and
will not be entitled to a refund of bets. However, if a player had raised
and the raise had not yet been called, the raise will be returned to the
So long story short, always protect your hand (put a chip or something else on top of your cards) if you're not folding it.